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Running out of adjectives for Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin: Sourav Ganguly

India Today logo India Today 13-12-2016

Riding on Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin's heroics, India registered their first series win over England in eight years. The hosts won the fourth Test in Mumbai on the final day by an innings and 36 runs.

Ashwin picked up six wickets in England's second innings and finished with impressive match figures of 12/167 to claim his seventh 10-wicket haul. While Kohli scored a match-winning 235, his third Test double hundred this year.

India have now not lost a match in their last 17 successive Tests (last defeat was against Sri Lanka at Galle in August 2015). With this, India have now equalled their longest streak without a defeat. Added to that, Kohli has now not suffered a single defeat in his last 17 Tests as captain.

Former captain Sourav Ganguly speaking to India Today said that he has run out of adjectives to describe these two match-winners for India.

"I have run out of adjectives for Ashwin and Kohli. These two have been exceptional for India, especially this year."

Meanwhile, Ganguly also believes England will find it tough to stop India in Chennai from making it 4-0.

"They have dominated the series...unless and until the storm stops the five days in Chennai it's going to be 4-0 for India. England don't have the side to get past India. In India you need to have spinners to get wickets and the way Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid bowled in this Test match on a pitch which had turned square for the spinners, it was an absolute no contest. They don't have the bowling for these conditions, so India will remain on the top," Ganguly said.

Apart from lauding Kohli's batting form, Ganguly too made a special mention about his maturity while leading the side.

"It's not just the hundreds but the runs Virat Kohli gets to take the team to a position of victory. He now understands the situation so well and looks ahead so quickly. In this Test, he made sure he kept batting with Jayant to take India to a position from where only one side could have won."

The fifth and final Test starts December 16 in Chennai with India having taken an unassailable 3-0 lead.

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